Sean McMahon reports from Thomond Park.
Munster will know that if they produce a similar performance against Leinster in two weeks time to the one which saw them scrape their way past Benetton, their wait for silverware will continue into yet another season.
The southern province stared defeat in the face in Limerick this afternoon only for a superb JJ Hanrahan long-range penalty at the death sealed their passage into the last four of this competition.
Munster dominated possession and territory for long periods, especially in the first half, but came away from Benetton’s red zone empty-handed time and time again.
Captain Peter O’Mahony knows Munster need to improve.
“We certainly weren’t clinical enough in the first half, they took their chances incredibly well and have some seriously dangerous players, particularly on breaking ball,” O’Mahony told Eir Sport after the game.
“A couple of times we were attacking and all of a sudden we were on our try line. Their two wingers, their number eight are tough men to tackle.
“We can certainly make huge improvements, but we were under huge pressure.
“Poor skill execution, poor decision-making at times when we off-loaded. We put ourselves in some great positions, we need to learn to be a little more patient at times and maybe play a phase or two.
“But I thought they defended very well, they scrambled well. They’re a hungry side and you could see it the way they got back and defended the line.”
Van Graan also mentioned skill execution as an issue in his post-match dealings with the media.
“It’s knockout rugby, the only thing that matters is we won,” van Graan told Eir.
“Credit to the lads for keeping them out at the end there and credit to JJ for getting that kick.”